Diver dies after ‘challenging’ rescue in stormy seas

Lifeboat crew faced 'challenging conditions' to get to the scene in the Sound of Kerrera

Oban RNLI lifeboat said it had faced challenging conditions. Photo: RNLI RNLI
Oban RNLI lifeboat said it had faced challenging conditions. Photo: RNLI

A diver has died after he was rescued in gale force conditions off the west coast.

The 50-year-old man was among a group who got into difficulty in the Sound of Kerrera, off Oban, on Sunday morning.

Emergency services including Oban RNLI lifeboat and the coastguard helicopter were called to the scene at 10.14am.

The death is being treated as unexplained and an investigation is under way.

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A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Police are currently investigating the sudden death of a 50-year-old man in South Oban, around 10.40am on Sunday 9 February, 2020.

“The death is currently being treated as unexplained but there does not appear to be any suspicious circumstances.

“A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.”

A spokesman for Oban RNLI lifeboat said the crew had faced “challenging conditions” to reach the man.

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